No. 10 Penn St. Stops No. 7 Purdue 47-42
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Tanisha Wright scored 17 points to lead No. 10 Penn State to a 47-42 victory over No. 7 Purdue on Friday in the Big Ten opener for both.
Penn State used a 11-1 run in the second half to take a 36-31 lead, then traded baskets the rest of the way.
Purdue (10-2) shot 21 percent from the field, the second-lowest field goal percentage in school history, to lose for the first time in 10 games.
In a tough, Big Ten-style game, both teams scored their fewest points of the season.
Kelly Mazzante added 13 for the Nittany Lions (8-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Mazzante came into the game leading the Big Ten in scoring with a 22.9-point average, but struggled to get her shot off and finished 6-of-16.
Shereka Wright, Purdue’s leading scorer, was equally flustered against double and triple teams from the Nittany Lions. Wright led the team with 16 points, but shot just 4-of-16 from the field.
The Nittany Lions outrebounded the Boilermakers 51-38, led by Jess Brungo’s 13 rebounds and point guard Jess Strom’s 10.
Penn State opened the game with an 8-0 run. The Nittany Lions led by as many as 10 in the first half while Purdue managed just two field goals over the first 12 minutes.
The Nittany Lions shot just 34 percent for the game, allowing the Boilermakers to hang around.
Purdue shot just 18.5 percent over the first 17 minutes, but closed the half with a 13-2 run that gave them a 25-21 lead.
Katie Gearlds was the only Boilermaker to get anything going in the first half, shooting 3-for-4 from the field and scoring nine points, including two 3s during the run.
She scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting for the game.